NYC Events, “Only the Best” (11/04) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:NYC Events-November”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

MICHEL CAMILO  (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $30-$45
“Camilo, a famed Dominican pianist, stuffs his notes with a lot of weight and force, especially considering how quickly he dashes them off. Classically trained, influenced by both flamenco and Afro-Caribbean styles, it’s no surprise that he was first drawn to jazz by hearing the virtuosic stride pianist Art Tatum. He appears here in a trio featuring the bassist Ricky Rodriguez and the drummer Mark Walker.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

OR Join the millions watching the NYC Marathon – Go Jazz, Beat Jeremy!

Everything you need to know about the TCS New York City Marathon 2018

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> BALANCHINE: THE CITY CENTER YEARS
>> STEVE CARDENAS AND KRIS DAVIS
>> Eric Reed Quartet
>> Hungarian State Opera and Ballet
>> Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook
>>  Bob Dylan’s West Village Neighborhood: Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
>> Rooftop Reds
Continuing Events
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BALANCHINE: THE CITY CENTER YEARS (LAST DAY)
at New York City Center / 3PM, $
“Though New York City Ballet now lives elsewhere, it was born and raised at City Center. In a thrilling and ambitious project, the theater is presenting 13 significant works by the company’s co-founder, George Balanchine, that had premieres on its stage. The kicker is that the pieces will be performed over six different programs by eight major international companies, including London’s Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet, as well as American companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater and, of course, City Ballet. Among the works that will be performed are “Serenade,” “Apollo,” “Agon,” and “The Four Temperaments.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

STEVE CARDENAS AND KRIS DAVIS
at Mezzrow / 8 and 9:30 p.m., $20
“Versatile and keenly aware of the sonic space that he moves through, Cardenas uses the guitar to negotiate between audacity and restraint. Something similar could be said of Davis, a pianist, though she’s of a quite different, slightly rougher temperament. This kind of rare pairing of two contemporary greats is what makes Mezzrow — the narrow basement club in Greenwich Village — such a valuable little part of New York’s music world.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Eric Reed Quartet (Nov.2-4)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, (btw105th/106th Sts.)/ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
From such early recordings as “It’s All Right to Swing” and “The Swing and I,” which laid Reed’s plainspoken aesthetic right on the dotted line, the convivial pianist and composer has woven the integrated dialects of bebop, gospel, and the sui-generis stylings of Thelonious Monk into his poised playing. This weekend engagement finds the outstanding reedist Tim Green staking his place in Reed’s quartet.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Hungarian State Opera and Ballet (select dates thru Nov.11)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7PM, $10+
“The Hungarian State Opera of Budapest makes its Lincoln Center debut with a rich variety of ballet and opera productions to choose from. It will present Hungarian iconic historical opera pieces: Erkel’s Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bank), Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba, world-famous 20th century one-act operas Vajda’s Mario and the Magician and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, but also beloved classical ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Petipa and Minkus’ Don Quixote. Those who prefer more modern ballet pieces can also see Hans van Manen’s 2017 triple bill LOL.”

Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook (LAST DAY)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“The clarinet basically died out as a leading jazz instrument after the bebop onslaught of the mid-forties, but a player like Peplowski makes you wonder why. With a tone like finely woven silk, wondrous technical agility, and an itching curiosity that encompasses the stylistic breadth of mainstream jazz, Peplowski can take his outsider horn in any direction he cares to. (He plays a galloping tenor saxophone as well.) Here, Peplowski lands himself in luxury by approaching both classic and overlooked work from the heyday of American popular song.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Tour | Bob Dylan’s West Village Neighborhood: Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
The Municipal Art Society of New York / 11AM, $30
“Two years ago, Bob Dylan joined John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison as the only winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His early rise to stardom began in the dynamic atmosphere of New York’s Greenwich Village. Historically, the Village was a magnet for writers, activists, musicians, artists, and outcasts. Its allure attracted creative souls from all sections of the country.

Bob Dylan “landed up on the downtown side” in 1961 on the heels of the Beats and the revival of the folkies. This tour with popular Jane’s Walk leader and MAS Grand Central Docent Robert Depczenski will trace Dylan’s footsteps, visiting places he gathered, lived, and performed. Traversing the Village streets, we’ll relive the forces that influenced his formative years. The ghosts of Village past including Poe, Whitman, and Kerouac, and the presence of Guthrie, Van Ronk, and Ginsburg nourished Dylan and fueled his work. This synergy between place and genius will be the focus of our journey.” (thoughtgallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Rooftop Reds Customer Appreciation Weekend
Brooklyn Navy Yard Bldg. 275, 299 Sands St.
“Sip your last rooftop wine for the season
Nov. 3-4 is the final weekend of the season for Rooftop Reds, the only winery that grows its grapes right here in the city. Enjoy your last sips among the vines this weekend, when all wine must go — that means 40% off all bottles to go, one complimentary glass of Rooftop Reds keg wine for all and discounts on additional glasses of wine. Register for one of their two-hour time slots on eventbrite.com.” (Metro)

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Continuing Events

White Light Festival (through Nov.18)
“Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival, integrating performances from around the world in a cross-cultural extravaganza, will play six venues across the city.

The festival will include performances of Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, directed by Tony-winning director Garry Hynes—the first female to win a Tony Award for direction of a play.

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings Sutra to the stage, featuring martial arts from China’s Shaolin monks. Hip-hop, contemporary dance, and aerial work combine in the presentation of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez. The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray, a mix of hip-hop and African-inspired movement, makes its way from across the pond to the Lincoln Center stage, as well as the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars and starring Philippe Jaroussky and Davóne Tines.”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Now-1/27/19)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.
“Gather round ye muggles and wizards, squibs and witches, tourists and natives: magic is on its way. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, commemorating the beloved series’s 20th anniversary, is now open at the New-York Historical Society. One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibits to hit the city since, well, ever, the show comes straight from the British Library in London, where, not surprisingly, it was the institution’s most successful exhibition.

Artifacts like crystal balls, Leonardo da Vinci notebooks, and the first written record of the magic word “abracadabra” are among the treasures on display, joined by original materials from author J.K. Rowling’s archives. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, an adult costume party, and more.” (cityguideny)
Daily, except most Mondays, $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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